L'ORÉAL and UNESCO For Women in Science

A pioneering programme launched 15 years ago

Since 1998, there has been a unique partnership for a pioneering programme aiming at improving the situation of women in the field of science and offer them new career prospects.

For the past 15 years, the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO have sought to recognize women researchers who, through the scope of their work, have contributed to overcoming the global challenges of tomorrow.

Each year, the For Women in Science Programme highlights scientific excellence and encourages talent.

More than 1,000 high-level scientists from around the world were involved in the nomination of the Awards’ candidates, who come from five continents.  

The selected five women researchers in the Physical Sciences as the Laureates of the 2013 Awards are:

·         Professor Marcia Barbosa, Laureate for Latin America

·         Professor Pratibha L. Gai, Laureate for Europe

·         Professor Deborah S. Jin, Laureate for North America

·         Professor Reiko Kuroda, Laureate for Asia-Pacific

·         Professor Francisca Okeke, Laureate for Africa and the Arab States

The award contributes to achieving the 3rd Millennium Development Goal: Promote gender equality and women empowerment.

The Programme for Women in Science reaches today over 100 female scientists from more than 45 countries.

This programme includes 3 parts:

  • L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards honour excellence and each of the 5 outstanding scientific researchers receives 100 000 US$;    
  • International fellowships L'ORÉAL-UNESCO, that can go up to 40 000 US$ each, encourage the talent and contribute financially to Doctoral or Postdoctoral research projects of 15 young female researchers;
  • National Commissions for UNESCO as well as L'ORÉAL subsidiaries participate in these national initiatives.

The awards ceremony took place on 28 March, 2013 at the Sorbonne University, Paris.

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